Junior Surf

Junior Surf


Registration Day for  NEW MEMBERS: Sunday 13th October 2019, 10am-1:00pm

Our emphasis with Junior Surf is enjoyment, participation and confidence building.

The skills our leaders pass on we hope encourage children to develop their abilities in and around the ocean enabling them to become confident, aware, and above all safe with a healthy respect for the ocean and its changing conditions.

What is Junior Surf ?

From the age of 5 years, children can join their local Surf Life Saving Club to participate in Junior Surf.

We encourage children to have fun and develop their skills, so that they can enjoy the beach and one day might be able to save someone else too.

It’s about developing tomorrow’s lifeguards and opening up a whole new world to children.

Omanu Beach SLSC has one of the biggest programmes in New Zealand

The Junior Surf season runs from November through to March. It’s easy to join, and you are welcome to come along on a Sunday morning where Junior Surf sessions start at 10am.

All the information you need to get into Nippers can be found in our Junior Surf Handbook …

Omanu SLSC Junior Surf Handbook 2017

Registration and Opening Day

Registrations are now open!

There are 2 ways to register:

  1. Complete the SLSNZ membership form (selecting ‘Omanu SLSC’ as the club you wish to join) and then we will be in touch.
  2. Attending the Registration Day on Sunday 13th October 2019 between 10am to 1 pm.

First day of Junior Surf (Opening Day) is Sunday 3rd November 2018 at 10am. Registrations will be taken on that day but the aim is to have the kids on the beach being active and not queuing to register so if possible please pre-register.

There is no “cut off” date by which registrations must occur and we do not have a limit on enrolments so please note that you will not miss out if your child wishes to join in December or even in the new year. Please contact the office (admin@omanubeach.co.nz) for more information.

Junior Surf Age Groups

A child must start the season in their age group according to their age on 1st October 2019. A junior surf member can sometimes run with a higher age group.  This is with the discretion of the group leaders, directors and coaches and in consultation with the child’s parents. Their assigned group will be the group they will compete in at the club champs.

Under 6 – Pink Group (to be 5 yrs as at 31 December)
Under 7 – Orange Group
Under 8 – Red Group
Under 9 – Green Group
Under 10 – Yellow Group
Under 11 to Under 14 – Intermediate Surf

Important Dates and Calendar

Please see the SLSNZ Calendar link for important junior surf competition dates: https://www.surflifesaving.org.nz/calendar

Our Omanu Beach SLSC Calendar will be live and available here shortly, keep checking back.

Please email admin@omnaubeach.co.nz with any queries.

Parent Help

Parents we need you!  All surf lifesaving clubs are volunteer and non profit making organisations and the only way we can function effectively is for you to take an active role. The roles we need help with now are linked below:

Parent Helper Roles-2

BBQ Helpers:

We also need help with running the junior surf BBQ this year.

If you are available for any of these roles please make yourself known to the Director of Junior Surf, Simon Bryant, or one of our leaders on Sundays. Alternatively email us (admin@omnaubeach.co.nz) and let us know what you can provide assistance with!

Club Uniform

We have a shop at the Club which sells everything you need for Sunday Nippers and carnivals. Group caps are compulsory, as are the red rashies.  Omanu branded swimsuits are available and are recommended, if you do not have branded togs please can your child wear red togs.

Also available through the Club are long coats, branded umbrellas, drink bottles, hats, Surf Life Saving towels, Surf Life Saving jandals and other items.  These sometimes sell out quickly so please talk to the Club Administrator about what’s available.

T-shirts, Club hoodies and merchandise will be available throughout the season via our online store and your items will be sent directly to your home.  Visit the Club website for the link.

Training Safety vests are required to be worn by all Oceans, Intermediate and Academy groups.  They are mandatory for safety reasons and are included in the Fee.  Extras can be purchased from the uniform shop if you lose yours or wish to have a spare.

Merchandise available through our Online Store can be found at this website address … Omanu Online Store

Items available for purchase at the Club are listed below …

Gear Policy

Omanu Beach SLSC provides as much equipment as it can to athletes for training and competition. Our club is large and there may not always be new or sufficient  equipment to go around.

All children (and adults) who regularly use gear and take advantage of coaching services outside of Sundays are required to pay the Sports Fee of $100 in addition to their normal subscription. This to help with equipment purchase, repair, and safety costs.

Some principles that must be adhered to re club gear includes:

  • You must have your 200M qualification to use any board
  • Don’t use damaged equipment and check for damage prior to use
  • Report any damaged equipment to your coaches immediately
  • Never stack boards on top of each other
  • Always carry boards (don’t drag!) and no surfing onto the beach
  • Soft boards for use of U12 only unless permission given
  • Allocated fibreglass boards only to be used by ‘owner’
  • General use boards are marked and can be used by any qualified member or assisting parent
  • Always wash gear and put away tidily


Our club methods of communication are via email, the club website and Facebook. We aim to get as much information out to you as we can but encourage you to ensure the club has your correct email addresses and check the club website and Facebook or club notice boards to gain updates on what’s happening throughout the season.

Find us on Facebook … https://www.facebook.com/omanujuniorsurf/


We do our best to minimise any cancellations but beach safety and comfort are major considerations.  If there is a cancellation we endeavour to post a message via our facebook page “omanu beach SLSC junior surf” by 9am on the Sunday.


In recent times Omanu Junior Surf has been well supported by some key people and businesses in a variety of ways.

We sincerely appreciate all of the assistance given to us by these groups and others and if you want to support Omanu Junior & Intermediate Surf and/or the club by way of sponsorship then contact our administrator on (07) 5754805 or admin@omanubeach.co.nz

Code of Conduct

A generic code of conduct is found on the club’s website and our local community generally does very well in this area. In the main we all exercise our commonsense as to positive behaviours required around Junior Surf and Sport but an excellent guide via Sport BOP sets out some reminders for all:

  • Encourage children to play within the rules and respect officials and coaches decisions
  • Teach children to respect the efforts of their opponents
  • Remember that children learn best by example so support and applaud the efforts and good performances of your own and others children
  • Give children positive comments that motivate and encourage
  • Encourage children to enjoy their sport and be competitive while ensuring it is  all within the ‘spirit and rules of the game’
  • Thank the coaches, officials and volunteers and help if asked for assistance



For the answers to all your questions about Junior Surf please download our Omanu SLSC Junior Surf Handbook 2017